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Results and Reports for April 20-21, 2002
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Shelby, NC, April 20, 2002
Report by Team Mercury USA
Mercury came to Shelby looking to continue its recent roll of good results. In one of the fastest races of the year, Mercury made all of the right moves, but it was Shroeder's Jamie Paolinetti who came away with his second consecutive win.
With 10 laps to go, a group of four riders went clear. Paolinetti, Mercury's Gord Fraser, Mark Walters (Navigators) and Alex Candlearia (Prime Alliance). The group quickly got a gap of 21 seconds with only Paolinetti and Fraser doing the work. Behind most teams seemed content to see who would take up the chase.
It was Prime Alliance who eventually came to the front. Unfortunately they were not able to bring back the group on the windy course, as the lead was still 17 seconds with two laps to go. After a brief hesitation by Fraser, who wanted Walter to pull through, Paolinetti kept going and he was not coming back. The Navigators came to the front on the last lap, but it was too late.
Paolinetti took the win with Mercury's Derek Bouchard-Hall taking 2nd in the filed sprint for third overall.
Report by Navigators Cycling Team
The Navigators Cycling Team returned from Europe for a brief stay. Eager to compete again on US soil, a small squad headed for Shelby, North Carolina for the next stop on the National Race Calendar, while the balance of the team rested up for the trip back to Europe next week. Olympic Champion Marty Nothstein, racing at his first event in America in the Navigators colors, was joined by Canadian National Champion Mark Walters, sprint aces Oleg Grichkine and Vassili Davidenko, and Aussie strong man Tom Leaper. Although outnumbered by larger Mercury, Prime Alliance, and 7-Up squads, the Navy lads were ready for aggressive racing. The 60 lap, 8 turn, 3/4-mile circuit could favor a tight breakaway, although the event has often finished in a field sprint.
Large and frequent preme laps kept the race fast and exciting from the start, and the field remained strung out for most of the race. Several breakaway attempts were short lived until Navigators' Tom Leaper broke solo about 22 laps in. Gaining nearly 30 seconds, Leaper's threat started looking more serious with each lap, and the field was losing valuable preme opportunities, so eventually it was Mercury who took control and worked hard to bring Leaper back into the fold. As Leaper was slowly reeled in, Navigators counter-attacked with Mark Walters and various teams immediately started sending riders across. As the lead group reached nearly 20, Navigators had placed four in the front group. Bad chemistry within the break hindered their progress and a huge effort from the field by Saturn's Eric Wohlberg finished the job.
Subsequent attacks and counters would prove fruitless until four riders escaped with 14 laps to go. Again it was Walters who started things off, and he was quickly joined by Mercury's Gord Fraser, Prime Alliance's Alex Candelario, and defending champion Jamie Paolinetti from the Schroeder Iron team. The 7-Up squad was now on the hook as they had no representation, but it was Prime Alliance who took up the chase, hoping for better odds with sprinters Jonas Carney and Dave Mc Cook still in the field. The break was at 25 seconds, and the gap was coming down slowly. Walters was doing a minimal amount of work, with the Navigators happy to contest a field sprint if necessary. The gap was down to six seconds with three laps to go when Paolinetti attacked the break and went solo. Fraser was caught off guard, and Walters was gapped.
The Navigator train was forming now with just under three to go, and the small squad needed Walters help, so rather than pursue Paolinetti, he dropped back to help the lead-out. It was too late, however and as the "men in blue" drove towards the finish, Paolinetti raced desperately for the line. Grichkine released Davidenko coming out of the last turn, and the "Russian Rocket" powered into the sprint hot on the Shroeder Iron man's heals. At the finish it was Paolinetti by three bike lengths with Davidenko winning the field sprint and Mercury's Derek Bouchard-Hall in third.
Photos courtesy Tom English
Pro Men 1 Jamie Paolinetti (Shroeder Iron) 2 Vassili Davidenko (Navigators) 3 Derek Bouchard-Hall (Mercury) 4 Roberto Gaggioli (Amore & Vita) 5 Hilton Clarke (Shroeder Iron) 6 Oscar Pineda (7Up) 7 David McCook (Prime Alliance) 8 Jason Waddell (Mathis Bros.) 9 Juan Pineda (7Up) 10 Shawn Willard (Evergreen/Easton) 11 Mike Sayers (Mercury) 12 Alex Candelario (Prime Alliance) 13 Chris Pic (Choco Andean Ecocoffee) 14 Plamen Stoyanov (Mercury) 15 Oleg Grichkine (Navigators) 16 Dean LeBerge (Marathon Racing) 17 Kevin Miller (Sun & Ski Sports) 18 Jim Baldesare (Gomart) 19 Max Finkbeiner (Choco Andean Ecocoffee) 20 David Irving (Atlanta Cycling) 21 Ryan Oelkers (Flyers-Bikyle) 22 Kevin Monahan (7Up) 23 Frank Pipp (GDVC) 24 Graeme Miller (Mercury) 25 Hayden Godfrey (7Up) 26 Adam Watts (Pharmacia) 27 Marty Nothstein (Navigators) 28 Jason Snow (Fuji) 29 Jason Jones (Atlanta Cycling) 30 Pat McCallion (Fairway/CYFAC) 31 Mike Zingaro (Mercy Cycling Team) 32 Henk Vogels (Mercury) 33 Cesar Calle (Choco Andean Ecocoffee) 34 Radasa Cubric (Bike Source) 35 Ben Lindsay (Columbus/Grange) 36 Kris Hedges (Team Snow Valley) 37 Eddy Hilger (Mercy Cycling Team) 38 Jonathon Wirsing (Team Snow Valley) 39 Luke Stockwell (Choco Andean Ecocoffee) 40 Benjamin Sharp (Pharmacia) 41 Michael Johnson (Shroeder Iron) 42 Scott Edge (OLP Racing) 43 George Menard (Team Snow Valley) 44 Cameron Hughes (Pharmacia) 45 Boyd Johnson (Peoples Cycling Team) 46 Chris Foster (Evergreen/Easton) 47 John Lieswyn (7Up) 48 Randy Dreyer (High Performance Fit) 49 Randy Parker (Mercy Cycling Team) 50 Rich Harper (Cycles de Oro) 51 Todd Herriott (Think Racing) 52 Chris Harkey (Evergreen/Easton) 53 Darby Harris (Earth Fare) 54 Dave Hensley (Cane Creek/Subaru) 55 Chandler Weekes (Fairway/CYFAC) 56 Kent Bostick (Mercy Cycling Team) 57 Benjamin Swaim (Vic Chisholm Racing Inc.) 58 Joseph Papp (Act-Fuji) 59 Guillaume Nelessen (PCC-UPMC/FUJI CYCLING) 60 Brice Jones (Mercury) 61 Wes Seigler (Pharmacia) 63 Andrew Crater (Ofoto) 64 Tom Leaper (Navigators) 65 Joey Coddington (Cane Creek/Subaru) 66 Rich Hincapie (Fairway/CYFAC) 67 Gordon Stiel (OLP Racing) 68 Scott Zwinzanski (Team Snow Valley) 69 Craig Wohlschlaeger (Big Shark) 70 Mark Walters (Navigators) 71 Don Autore (Montclair Cyclists) 72 Russell Stevenson (Prime Alliance) 73 Chris Knetsche (Earth Fare) 74 John Kavan (Jet Network/Home Finance) 75 Mark Ernsting (Team Snow Valley) 76 Ben Early (Evergreen/Easton) 77 John Greene (Sun & Ski Sports) 78 David Crowe (PeopleSoft/PTI) 79 Travis Hutchinson (Krystal Racing) 80 Russell Langley (Team Snow Valley) Women 1 Tina Mayola Pic (Diet Rite) 2 Shannon Hutchinson (Atlanta Velo/Litespeed) 3 Christina Underwood (Fuji) 4 Joanne Kiesasaronski (Diet Rite) 5 Lynn Brotzman (Michela Fanini) 6 Gina Grain (Atlanta Velo/Litespeed) 7 Tracy Sproule (Atlanta Velo/Litespeed) 8 Tania Duff-Miller (Freddie Fu Cycling Team) 9 Sarah Hammer (Diet Rite) 10 Helen Kelly (Verizon Wireless-Cervelo) 11 Iona Wynter (Genesis) 12 Jenn Cooper (Genesis Scuba/FFCC) 13 Rachel Purvis (Athletes by Design) 14 Candice Blickem (Cycles de Ora) 15 Kerry Soraci (Diet Rite) 16 Angela Vargas (Genesis Scuba/FFCC) 17 Louise Laganiere (Fuji) 18 Giselle Trahan (Genesis Scuba/FFCC) 19 Lauren Trull (Earth Fare) 20 Lisa Ferris (Fugi) 21 Petra Ford (Verizon Wireless-Cervelo) 22 Ashley Kimmet (Serotta/Xgirlsport.com) 23 Kristy Scheffenacker (Team Snow Valley) 24 Diana Gillam (Team Snow Valley) 25 Jennifer Petosa (DeFeet) 26 Chris Hall (Team Athena) 27 Adrienne Brown (Earth Fare) 28 Robin Kavan (Best of the Bay Cyclist) 29 Lorraine Manning (Atlanta Velo/Litespeed) 30 Jocelyn Belanger (Carolina Volkswagen) 31 Shawn Heidgen (Athletes by Design) 32 Lisa Mason (Tenspeeds Cycling Club) 33 Barbara Harrison (DeFeet) 34 Susan Jones-Benefield (Greenville Spinners) 35 Mary Brown (Team DeFeet) Men Cat 3/4 1 Chad Leigh 2 Mike Boone 3 Joel Darden 4 Jim Carrara 5 Blair Craig 6 Brad Murphy 7 Steve Schwaeber 8 Chris Wooten 9 Langston Powell 10 Patrick Brittain 11 Jerry Espy 12 Nick Sparks 13 Zach Fraatz 14 Anthony Goldman 15 Chuck Dumke 16 Eddie Greene 17 Steven Blackwell 18 Dana Johnson 19 Lars Norlander 20 Richard McClure 21 Jennette Springs 22 Michael Snyder 23 Matthew Derstine 24 Emory Ball 25 Bryan Lovelace 26 Matt Siscilla 27 Ray Vondohlen 28 Scott Mull 29 David Kraft 30 ? 31 Michael Loftus 32 Mike Radford 33 George Drewery 34 Jimmy Ellis 35 Ed Randall 36 Alexis Valvesto 37 Kevin Anderberg 38 Mark Connolly 39 Ken Jones 40 Jimmy Brown 41 Roberto Solano 42 Christopher Hutchins Past winners 1996 Dave McCook (USA) 1997 James Carney (USA) 1998 Julian Dean (NZL) 1999 Jonas Carney (USA) 2000 Jonas Carney (USA) 2001 Jamie Paolinetti (USA) Past winners by Mario Stiehl,